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Bombs away: Seahawks aired it out in win over Patriots - Blog -
From ESPN Stats & Information: • Wilson completed five passes deeper than 20 yards down-field on Sunday, equaling his total from the previous five games. He had been 5 of 10 with three touchdowns and an interception on such throws before going 5 of 9 with two touchdowns and no interceptions on Sunday. • Those attempts of more than 20 yards down-field represented 33.3 percent of his total attempts on Sunday, compared to 8 percent previously. • Wilson's average attempt traveled 15.2 yards on Sunday, more than twice as deep as his previous average of 7.5.

Making of a quarterback -
Quarterback Matthew Stafford was at the line of scrimmage, running the spread offense, when something caught his eye. With three receivers to his left and one to his right, Stafford took the snap,...

Harvard eggheads confirm Seahawks have best home field advantage | Seattle
Seattle Seahawks fans already knew this, but now the smarty-pants at Harvard have confirmed it: CenturyLink Field provides the Seahawks with the best home field advantage in the NFL.

Russell Wilson's NFL journey shows power of education | Richmond Times-Dispatch
"When you have a vision … make it a reality … one day at a time. Then it will become someone else's dream." — Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson 2012: The Seahawks rookie has great character. Is he a great quarterback? - Slate Magazine
Last Monday, Andrew Luck was set to lead the Colts to a championship, and Robert Griffin III was a sad, concussed public service announcement for the perils of hybrid quarterbacking. Seven days later, Luck sucks, and RG3 is, in the words of his Redskins teammate Fred Davis, "Black Jesus." Next week, no doubt, Luck will throw four touchdown passes and run for four more, Griffin will hurt himself throwing a game-losing interception, and Fred Davis will decree that RG3 is "Black Ryan Leaf."

Russell Wilson’s fancy footwork lets offense take flight | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"We’ve been looking for explosive plays in the offense, and they’re just sitting there for us when he gets out swinging," Carroll said. "There was a tremendous validation of what we had pointed out, and it was a factor in the game." Wilson noted that Carroll allowed offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to open up the offense against New England because of the Patriots’ ability to score. "I took a couple more chances than what I would normally do sometimes and it came up big," Wilson said. "Coach Carroll did a tremendous job of telling us during the week and talking to me and sitting me down, and just saying, ‘Hey, maybe we can get a couple of shots here and there when you extend the play.’ "And so we definitely did that. Guys really worked on it this week, we ran several drills with it, and it came up big for us."

Seahawks - Seattle's live and local sports station
Less than 24 hours after the Seahawks rallied for a 24-23 win over the Patriots, Seattle was forced to turn their attention to their next opponent as a Thursday night matchup with division rival San Francisco is fast approaching. Usually the team will review the game film from Sunday's matchup on Mondays before getting Tuesday off. Game week preparations usually run Wednesday through Saturday. With a Thursday game, the team is forced to treat Monday like a normal Wednesday and begin to prepare for their next game.

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is thriving at QB - Patriots -
"I’m proud of the young fella," said Tate, who is all of eight months older than the 23-year-old Wilson.

Every scoring defense ranks among top five - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC West teams rank second through fifth in fewest points allowed through Week 6.

49ers press conference live stream: Vic Fangio, Greg Roman - Niners Nation
We provide a live stream and open thread for the 49ers Week 7 Tuesday press conference, featuring DC Vic Fangio and OC Greg Roman.

49ers special teams failures - Niners Nation
Despite a few bright spots, the 49ers' Special Teams unit has been lackluster this year.

49ers vs. Giants: What to make of Colin Kaepernick and the Wolfpack package - Niners Nation
We take a look at Colin Kaepernick's work in the 49ers loss to the Giants, and what it means moving forward for the 49ers QB position.

Russell Wilson: "My height does not define my skill set."
Seahawks’ rookie quarterback Russell Wilson spoke to Bay Area reporters on a conference call Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what he said.

Possible Seahawks draft targets – 16th October " Seahawks Draft Blog
It’s still early days but we’ll keep monitoring this list as the season continues. Some names I’ve left out due to Seattle’s current 4-2 record – hopefully the team isn’t going to be picking in the top 10-12 again in 2013. I’m going to do an updated mock draft tomorrow so keep an eye out for that. Blog | Up next: San Francisco 49ers
Star power: Patrick Willis. The best part of the 49ers remains their No. 1-ranked defense, and Willis remains the best player on a unit loaded with good ones. The five-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection leads the 49ers in solo tackles (35) and is second (50) to fellow linebacker NaVorro Bowman (60) in total tackles. Willis also has one of the 49ers’ four interceptions. But with Willis, it’s not so much that he makes tackles, but when he makes them and how he makes them. Willis exploded onto the scene with a league-leading 174 tackles in 2007, when he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He followed that with 141, 152 and 101 tackles the next three seasons. But he’s more than a run-stuffer, as evidenced by his 17 career sacks and six interceptions – including one that he returned 86 yards for a touchdown against the Seahawks in 2008.

Go fourth and conquer: Russell Wilson and Seattle's 4th-quarter riddle | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
For two months now, quarterback Russell Wilson has been compared to to the projection of what Matt Flynn would have done in the same situation. It's understandable given all the loot Seattle paid to sign Flynn as a free agent. It's also impossible situation because no matter how well Wilson plays -- and I would argue that he has been at or above an average NFL starter the past two weeks -- it won't measure up to what you could argue Flynn would do.

Seattle Seahawks' defense has speed, size and plenty of swagger -
2) The speed and athleticism of Seattle's pass rush is scary. The evolution of the NFL into a passing league has forced defensive architects to build front lines around explosive athletes with exceptional first-step quickness, speed and movement skills. The idea is to find a way to create constant pressure on the quarterback, forcing poor decisions and errant throws from the pocket.

Seahawks Shock Patriots | Dave Sizer Design and Photography
A wet and soggy Sunday afternoon in Seattle was the scene as the high powered Patriots offense lead by Tom Brady went head to head with the League's top

How The Hell Did The Seahawks Build An Elite Defense?
Great defenses often have an intentionality to their construction. The Ravens spend their early draft picks on defensive players, and they talk up their defense. One would never think of the Ravens without thinking of Reed and Lewis and Suggs and Ngata and all the rest. - Rookie Meter: Wilson, Tannehill join rookie QB debate
Wilson takes a big leap in the Meter after leading the Seahawks to an upset win over New England. He completed 16-of-27 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns, finishing his day with a passer rating of 133.7. He leads the rookie QBs with eight passing touchdowns.

Playbook: Russell Wilson's TD pass to beat the Patriots | National Football Post
'All-22' breakdown of the 'Dino' stem vs. Cover 2.

Inside look at the Patriots' top route concept | National Football Post
If you want to beat Tom Brady and limit the Patriots offensively, you have to protect the middle of the field. The Patriots have a multiple attack from an offensive perspective and will run a variety of route concepts. Think inside combinations (plus the vertical seam) that convert based on the defensive look: Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3, etc. But what is the top route concept—or combination—in the New England scheme? After watching some tape, plus talking to an NFL secondary coach, here is the route you must stop vs. the Patriots.

Sending a message | National Football Post
What happened Sunday in San Francisco is clear: The NFC still belongs to the New York Giants.

Risers & Fallers after Week Seven | National Football Post
After a huge weekend of college football where some of the stars, like Manti Te’o and Sheldon Richardson, had excellent games, players are definitely moving up and down draft boards around the NFL. Below is a look at four players whose stock has been moving over the past few weeks based on my film evaluation and what I am hearing from NFL scouts. The measureables listed are either verified, which means taken by an NFL scout, or estimated.

Power Rankings: Falcons take over top spot, but can they keep it? - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
With that defense, they will be a real factor if Russell Wilson can play like he did in the fourth quarter against the Patriots.

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